Tropical Smoked Herring Fillets is a salt-cured and smoked fish very popular in the Caribbean. Herring is high in protein and Omega-3, similar to sardines, but even more so. It is served in different ways depending on the region, but it’s commonly cooked with ingredients like tomato, onion, garlic, and hot pepper.
Due to the salt-curing process, smoked herring has to be de-salted. So, the first step to reduce the salt is to rinse the herring and soak it in water for a few hours or boil it for 5 minutes and then drain it. You don’t need to leave it in water overnight; otherwise, it will lose all the salt, which is part of the flavor. It’s important not to use more salt when you cook it.
The easiest and fastest way to cook Tropical Smoked Herring Fillets is to cut them into smaller pieces and sauté them with tomato, onion, garlic, and hot pepper. One tip is to add lemon to the sauce to give it an acid touch that goes very well with seafood. You can use herbs like thyme to enhance its flavor.
There are different traditional ways to serve smoked herring in the Caribbean. It’s usually served with dumplings but can also be served with boiled plantains, rice or bread; as an appetizer with pita chips, or with fresh vegetables like cucumber.
You can buy Tropical Smoked Herring Fillets in any supermarket where Tropical products are sold; you can use our Store Locator to find a store near you.